The Sweet Service Award goes to the Traffic Department in the Civic Centre, and staff member Tamlyn Spielman, who assisted me in getting a replacement Motor Vehicle Registration form for a scooter, which I had sold, and for which I needed the form to hand over to the purchaser. Despite having recently replaced my driver’s license due to theft, and having been issued with a new license for my car, there was no record of my FICA-registration on the system. It was also not good enough to show my driver’s license as identification! I was so annoyed that I threw a Charlize Theron fit at the counter. When I calmed down, I realized that I had a proof of residence in my phone. A Manager was called, and she must have taken pity on me, allowing me to get the form without the ID Book and the proof of residence!

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When I decided that I needed a place away from home to write The Book, I knew that I had two requirements: a warm place with a pool, and preferably a small village without any shopping and ideally no eating distractions. I could think of no better place to stay than Apricale, described as the most beautiful village in Italy! (more…)

We post this lengthy statement by our Mayor, Patricia de Lille, addressing our region’s water crisis, which was released on Thursday 17 August:

STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE

ADVANCING WATER RESILIENCE: getting to an additional 500 million litres of new water a day. (more…)

The Sweet Service Award goes to Auto & General, and its Claims Consultant Heidi, who dealt with my claim in a most friendly and efficient manner, Heidi telling me that they don’t believe in paperwork. The details were taken down in less than half an hour, hence the service exceeding the defined time period. I had spoken to a colleague, but the call cut off, and because I could not understand that consultant well, I was delighted that Heidi was the next (more…)

Last night I ate dinner with Babs Valente and her mother and stepdad at Apricus Osteria & Bar in Apricale, known as the most beautiful village in Italy. I had met Chef Babs in the village two days prior, and recognized her South African accent, despite her now living near Boston, when not visiting her mother in Italy. (more…)

Yesterday evening I ventured up the steep lane to the square in the village in which I am living in Liguria province, celebrating not only the Catholic religious holiday of Ferragosto, the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, but also a successful first two days of writing my book.  (more…)

I was grateful to be able to interview Chef Brad Ball at La Parada Bree Street last week, in preparation for the announcement of his appointment as the new Harbour House Group Executive Chef, given my (then) forthcoming trip overseas. (more…)

I had the misfortune to experience Dubai under less than perfect conditions, and with it Emirates airline, which once was the best airline in the world (now dropped to number four, as rated by Skytrax)! A City Tour by Sun Tours helped to restore my appreciation for what Dubai has to offer! (more…)

By the time I post this Blogpost, I will probably be sitting at the airport in Dubai, on my way to Italy, to write my first book, and hopefully not the last!  (more…)

The Sweet Service Award goes to Rocksole Shoe and Bag Repair on Wale Street, and its charming owner Raj Jaga, who managed to fix the soles of my favorite pair of shoes in less than a week before my overseas trip, which I noticed in the last minute had been taking a lot of strain from all my dancing! I had forgotten about the public holiday shortening the week. He is extremely kind to his customers, and always tries to make a plan. He was awarded a Sweet Service Award in January too.  (more…)

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